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Margaret de Valois joins Mazars to lead pensions and advisory service

Ms de Valois was previously a client director at Schroders where she managed the relationship with some of its largest pension scheme and insurance clients. She is also a former editor of The Actuary magazine and sits on a number of The Actuarial Profession's advisory committees.

Mazars is one of the three largest accountancy advisers to the insurance and pensions industry in Europe. It audits or advises many of the big insurance companies, as well as over 300 occupational pension schemes.

Ms de Valois said: "Pensions is a growing concern for UK and international listed and owner-managed businesses. The rapid change in legislation, combined with the recent turbulent markets, means that getting employees' defined benefit and defined contribution pensions right is now a priority for company boards generally, and finance directors particularly."

"Many small firms are unaware of the extent of their pension issues, however, there are many sensible steps companies can undertake to understand these risks better and manage them. My team's role is to help them navigate through this complex but important area."

Peter Gatenby, the partner in charge of Mazars' actuarial practice, said: "Occupational pensions are a particularly important area of growth for Mazars because of the impact they now have on company balance sheets."